Trash from the region is processed at a state-of-the-art waste to energy facility equipped with the most advanced pollution control equipment currently available. Emissions are monitored on a 24/7 basis using a series of sophisticated instruments (Continuous Emissions Monitors), which can record concentrations as low as 5 parts per million (ppm). Strict EPA protocols, termed Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) establish 6-minute, hourly, daily and annual limits on emissions, and testing must be performed to determine levels of pollutant removal. Even with these advanced control technologies, Bristol Facility Policy Board places emphasis on keeping toxics out of the waste stream – both for personnel safety and for environmental reasons. Reactive and toxic chemicals should not be placed in the trash, flushed down the toilet, or poured into storm drains. One of the most effective strategies to minimize risk to human health and the environment is to provide residents with a free and convenient option to bring their household chemicals to one of the HHW events offered during spring and fall in towns throughout the region. From 9am to 1pm on designated Saturdays, these events are held to collect paint, automotive fluids and lubricants, household chemicals, pesticides, and other potentially harmful materials.
Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events can be found on our calendar.